Whether unwinding from a long day, or preparing for a new one, a shower or bath is always a time for relaxation and grounding. You have your favorite soap or shower gel, your loofah, etc. And if you are like me, you even have one of these waterproof speakers, to have your music on. But wouldn’t it be just so wonderful if you could upgrade your experience even further, so you feel like you are at the spa?
Well I have a little trick for you…
… it involves essential oils!
I absolutely LOVE essential oils. They are so aromatic, and diffuse strong herbal or flowery scents beautifully. And the best part is that through smell you directly get the benefits of the plant.
My trick is that I pour several drops of essential oil in a little travel size liquid bottle, mixed with about ½ oz of coconut oil as a carrier oil. You can use just one essential oil, or you can blend a few of them (lavender, rosemary, etc.) to create your own scent.
You can put more or less essential oil, depending on how strong you want your blend to smell. I like a strong scent so I put at least 30 – 60 drops for ½ oz of coconut oil. But again it really depends on the herb or flower. Geranium essential oil, for example, has a very overpowering smell. When using it in a blend I only use a couple of drops. (Psssst: FYI Geranium essential oil is helpful to repeal mosquitoes…)
When you are about to take a shower, sprinkle a few drops of the scented oil on your bathroom tile or on the tub. The warm water will help diffuse the scent. Et voila!
I really like adding an olfactory element (essential oils, incense, scented candle, etc.) to create an atmosphere. There is actually an interesting science behind aromatherapy (more posts to come on the topic). But long story short, there are two basic mechanisms of action for aromatherapy: one is the influence of aroma on the brain, especially on the limbic system (basic emotions and drive) through the olfactory system (sense of smell). The other is the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils.
You can purchase essential oils at Whole Foods, in aromatherapy shops, or online. There are so many herbs and flowers to choose from, whether because you love their scent or you are looking for a specific therapeutic action. For instance, Lavender is calming and relaxing, Eucalyptus has an expectorant action (open the airways) and relieves congested nose and sinuses, Rosemary is stimulant and good for memory, while Ylang Ylang will get you in the mood (ideal for date night), and much more…
This very simple trick will make you feel like you are at the spa, and it takes only 2 minutes to prepare.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried it and what your favorite essential oils are.
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